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Travel: Concessions

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps her Department is taking to make the monetary value of a concessionary bus pass available to elderly people with mobility difficulties for use on other forms of transport; and if she will make a statement. (210032)

There are no proposals to give residents eligible for concessionary travel the monetary value of a concessionary bus pass as an alternative to taking it up. The Concessionary Bus Travel Act 2007 preserves the flexibility of Travel Concession Authorities (TCAs) to enhance their schemes locally at their own expense. At its discretion a TCA can choose to offer its residents travel vouchers or tokens for local use in taxis. The offer of any such enhancement and the monetary value of it is entirely a matter for the TCA as vouchers or tokens are not part of the statutory entitlement to concessionary travel.